Abstract Logix's Souvik Dutta: From Living Room to Center of the Universe
"Another mouth-watering project soon to hit Abstract Logix's shelves is Gary Husband's Dirty and Beautiful, featuring Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jimmy Johnson, Steve Topping, Steve Hacket and Robin Trower. As Dutta recognizes: "We have a lot of things in our bag now. I have opened a can of worms, and I'm very addicted to these worms because I'm addicted to music. I'm addicted to good music. Now I have established Abstract Logix and have the infrastructure in place to produce and distribute music. This is what I want to do in my life, although I feel it's the right moment to take a step ahead and try to do new things."
One of these new endeavors to promote good music will see a bunch of the label's artists taking part in the New Universe Music Festival in November, something which has long been an ambition of Dutta: "It's always been in our minds to do a festival of this kind of music, though we really didn't start to plan it until spring '10. We were on the road with John McLaughlin starting November; he was coming to the States and I said, 'Why don't we have our party with John?' We wanted to have one night of John McLaughlin here, where we live. Then we said, 'Hey, Jimmy Herring's also going to be on the road, why don't we have an evening of John and Jimmy together?' Then it was one of those things where I was having a drink one evening and I thought to myself, 'Hey, why not have another night and invite some more of our guys?' So, I called up Jimmy, I called up Alex, I called up Wayne and I called up Lenny White, and every one of them said, 'Let's freakin' do it.'
It's everybody we love, everybody we know and all the musicians know each other, somehow. It's going to be like one big party, and, listen to this, the musicians are more excited about it than I am. It's two nights of total music, a total celebration. It's friends of ours, it's customers of ours. We have customers coming from Australia, from South Africa, from Japan and from Europefrom everywhere in the world. This is a great way for them to connect with the musicians, and everybody is staying in the same hotel, so it's like an extended family. We took this opportunity to recognize John McLaughlin's contribution to music in general. He was also important to our successhe was one of our first guys."
The New Universe Music Festival is something of a community effort; Robert Godin's Godin Guitars the festival's chief sponsorMichael Tiemann, Vice President of Open Source Affairs and Red Hat, and David Robb's DIY Music are all providing significant corporate support. As with everything in Abstract Logix, it's a family affair, as Dutta describes: "These are all friends of ours in very high positions who all happen to be music fanatics. Michael Tiemann is a big fan of John McLaughlin, and he said: 'Hey, we will come behind you guys and try to do our part to help make this festival happen and we want it to be an annual affair.'"
That is very good news for the good folks of North Carolina. It's also good news for Abstract Logix's customers around the globe who account for over half of Abstract Logix's business, as the resulting DVD of the festival is sure to find its way to Korea, South Africa, Japan, Australia, Europe and elsewhere.
"You know, it's all about synergy," explains Dutta, "something that started off in a living room, to now, where it's being partly backed by socially conscious, responsible corporations. It's all in the family."
Gary Husband, Dirty and Beautiful, Volume One (Abstract Logix, 2010)
Ranjit Barot, Bada Boom (Abstract Logix, 2010)
Lenny White, Anomaly (Abstract Logix, 2010)
John McLaughlin/The 4th Dimension, To The One (Abstract Logix, 2010)
Anthony Jackson/Yiorgos Fakanas, Interspirit (Abstract Logix, 2010)
Alex Machacek/Marco Minneman, 24 Tales (Abstract Logix, 2010)
John McLaughlin/The 4th Dimension, Live in Belgrade DVD (Abstract Logix, 2009)
Jimmy Herring, Lifeboat (Abstract Logix, 2009)
Gary Husband's Drive, Hotwired (Abstract Logix, 2009))
Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre, Krantz, Carlock, Lefebvre (Abstract Logix, 2009)
Sebastiaan Cornelissen, U-Turn (Abstract Logix, 2009)
John McLaughlin, Floating Point (Abstract Logix, 2008)
Tony Grey, Chasing Shadows (Abstract Logix, 2008)
Gary Willis, Actual Fiction (Abstract Logix, 2008)
Paul Hanson, Frolic in the Land of Plenty (Abstract Logix, 2008)
Gary Willis/Llibert Fortuny/Kirk Covington, Slaughterhouse 3 (Abstract Logix, 2007)
Alex Machacek/Jeff Sipe/Matthew Garrison, Improvision (Abstract Logix, 2007)
Scott Kinsey, Kinesthetics (Abstract Logix, 2006)
Jeff Babko/Jeff Coffin/Vinnie Colaiuta, Mondo Trio (Abstract Logix, 2007)
Scott Kinsey, Kinesthetics (Abstract Logix, 2006)
Alex Machacek, [sic] (Abstract Logix, 2006)
Project Z, Lincoln Memorial (Abstract Logix, 2005)
Courtesy of Souvik Dutta, Abstract Logix Records